Kosikalan, Braj, 2018.02.02 (VT) A priest of Falen village has begun severe austerities to enable him to withstand fire, in a ceremony that commemorates Prahlad Maharaj’s ability to withstand fire. The Holi fire will be lit in the evening of 1st March and village priest, Babulal Panda will walk over the coals at 4am on 2nd March.
On Wednesday, after doing parikrama of the village, which includes the famous Prahlad Kund, Babulal started one month of austerities including sleeping on the ground, eating fruit only and not leaving the temple premises.
The temple in the village of Falen, which is near Kosikalan on the outskirts of Braj, has a deity of Prahlad Maharaj and, it is said that whoever worships this deity with full devotion will not be bunt during the firewalking ceremony. Fifty year old Babulal Panda has been doing the firewalk for five years running.
The ceremony on Wednesday was attended by hundreds of villagers who danced and sang Holi songs. Babulal Maharaj took snan (bath) in Prahlad kund, then went on parikrama of the kund and village. He was then adorned with the Prahlad diety’s flower garland and entered the temple amidst cheers from villagers and the throwing of colours.
Firewalking is most commonly associated with South India. In Tamil Nadu, the firewalking festival is called Theemithi, and is celebrated a few days before Diwali (September-October). In recent years, firewalking has also become popular in the US with corporates seeking to harness the inner strength of employees by hiring firewalking trainers to help people overcome their fears and unlock their potential.
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